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US Civil Society Open Government Partnership Resources

OpenTheGovernment.org plays a key role in coordinating US civil society's engagement with the Open Government Partnership. In this work, we have evaluated the administration's implementation of their first and second National Action Plans (NAP) and created model plans to inform the administration's second and third National Action Plan.

See Evaluations and Model Plans here.
Scoring the third NAP

Flint water crisis resurfaces familiar federal transparency problems

As the devastating full story of the Flint water scandal unfolds, it has become clear that the Flint city and Michigan state governments were not alone in covering up crucial public health information.

House Judiciary Committee Holds Closed Hearings on Section 702 of the FISA -- UPDATE

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2016 – Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a classified hearing on Section 702 of the FISA – a legal provision used to acquire the communications of Americans and people around the world alike without a warrant. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatten made reference to his prior commitment to conduct oversight on the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and its provisions at the start of the hearing.

OTG joins call in support for the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

OTG has joined over 40 organizations in support of the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015” (S.

Transparent Policing and FOIA Reform - January 19, 2016 Newsletter

– RSVP Now for our Town Hall on Transparent Policing (more)
– Don't Miss from OTG (more)
– News from Coalition Partners & Others (more)

Open government groups express support FOIA reform, and concern over carve-outs for the intelligence community

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2016 – Today, more than 40 organizations committed to government openness and accountability sent a letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives expressing our support for reforms to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

RESCHEDULED, January 27th: RSVP for Open Government Town Hall on Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement

UPDATED, January 20, 2016: Our Town Town event has been re-scheduled due to the severe weather forecast. It will now be held on January 27th, 11am-1pm.

FOIA Reform Bill UPDATE -- Passed in the House

WASHINGTON, January 11, 2016 – The House passed/agreed on a motion to suspend the rules and pass the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (H.R. 653), as amended.  It was agreed to by voice vote.
 

Death toll from violent cops is a guessing game

By: Patrice McDermott

Originally published by USA Today

Add two more killings to the Chicago police death toll from this weekend in a familiar story. Unarmed people, mostly black men, shot by police. People, mostly black, dying in police custody. Over the past year, the consciousness of the American public has been seared with these stunning facts and shocking images. The deaths, and other instances of police violence that disproportionately target African-American communities, have fueled demands for greater transparency in reporting by police forces nationwide.

A Look Back on 2015 - December 21, 2015 Newsletter

– Don't Miss from OTG (more)
– Highlights from 2015 (more)
– New in 2016: Policing transparency, evaluating the Administration’s open government plan, and more (more)

The Classified Section

Check out our new blog, The Classified Section, for analysis of national security secrecy.

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